Coconut oil is one of the most highly useful and naturally delicious oils to grace the earth. Nowadays, it seems like there is nothing you can't use coconut oil for. From your face to your cuticles, coconut oil can be used in some way or form for almost every part of your body. Here are the top 10 not so common uses for this do-it-all oil:
1. Shaving Cream
No need for spending unnecessary money on a genetically modified moisturizer when mother nature has given us all we need. Suds up yourself by replacing generic shaving cream for coconut oil. And the best part is that the coconut oil residue leaves your skin even more soft and moisturized than before. Lather it up!
Ditch the Crest Whitening Toothpaste and trade it in for a homemade toothpaste featuring coconut oil. Mix coconut oil and baking soda into a paste and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and mineral drops, if desired. Simple and easy.
3. Coconut Oil Deodorant
Various theories have circulated the Internet about whether antiperspirants containing aluminum cause cancer. Cancer.gov states that "because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer." Coconut oil is naturally free of dangerous chemicals, environmentally friendly and undoubtedly cheap.
4. Coconut Oil French Fries
Indulge in something salty without poisoning your body with vegetable oil. Even though vegetable oil has the word "vegetable" in it, quite frankly nothing about this oil nourishes your body with any of the nutrients that raw vegetables provide. According to AuthorityNutrition.com, vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are harmful in excess. Luckily, coconut oil contains none; try this safe and easy coconut oil french fry recipe that replaces vegetable oil with coconut oil.
5. Eye Makeup Remover
Deeply massage a teaspoon or less of coconut oil onto your face to take off the day's worth of makeup. Just a dollop will do the trick. Apply, rinse, and repeat as needed.
6. Substitute as a Coffee Creamer
Give your stomach a break from all the dairy by transitioning to this creamy, natural alternative. Whether you're lactose intolerant or just looking for a something new, a teaspoon or two of coconut oil will do the trick.
Glowing fresh skin never goes out of style! Accentuate your cheekbones without a cakey makeup look by using coconut oil as your go-to highlighter. Carefully dab a bit on your cheekbones and above your eyebrows for a fresh look and voila!
8. Cuticle Oil
Hangnails are nobody's friend. Apply coconut oil on your cuticles and watch within a few uses as they almost melt away. It's a simple solution to a not-so-simple problem.
9. Body Scrub
Mix a half cup of sea salt or sugar with an equal amount of melted coconut oil for a homemade body scrub. Lather on any rough patches on your elbows, knees, or anywhere else that needs a little t.l.c. WARNING: This body scrub may cause irresistibly silky smooth skin.
10. Leave-In Hair Conditioner
The naturally occurring vitamins and essential fatty acids present in coconut oil make for a great leave-in conditioner. Repair your split ends, nourish your roots, and detangle your mane by applying coconut oil after your shower. Keep on for as long as you want.
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